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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Corvida
Superfamilia: Corvoidea

Familia: Corvidae
Genus: Cissa
Species: C. chinensis – C. hypoleuca – C. jefferyi – C. thalassina

Cissa Boie, 1826

Isis von Oken 19: col.975 footnote 2.

Vernacular names
English: Green Magpies
فارسی: زاغی‌های دم‌کوتاه
suomi: Viherharakat
latviešu: Zaļās žagatas
русский: Циссы
svenska: Grönskator
中文: 绿鹊属

Cissa is a genus of relatively short-tailed magpies, sometimes known as hunting cissas, that reside in the forests of tropical and subtropical southeast Asia and adjacent regions. The four species are quite similar with bright red bills, a mainly green plumage, black mask, and rufous wings. Due to excess exposure to sunlight (and, possibly, a low-carotenoid diet), they often appear rather turquoise (instead of green) in captivity. They are carnivorous, and mainly feed on arthropods and small vertebrates.

The genus was introduced by the German zoologist Friedrich Boie in 1826 with the common green magpie (Cissa chinensis) as the type species.[1][2] The name Cissa is from the Ancient Greek kissa meaning a "jay" or "magpie".[3]

The genus Cissa contains four species:[4]

Species of Cissa
Common and binomial names Image Description Range
Common green magpie
(Cissa chinensis)
Cissa chinensis -Chiang Mai Zoo, Thailand-8a.jpg Lower Himalayas to mainland southeast Asia, as well as Borneo and Sumatra
Indochinese green magpie
(Cissa hypoleuca)
Mainland southeast Asia and adjacent parts of China
Javan green magpie
(Cissa thalassina)
Javan Green Magpie at Chester Zoo.png Java
Bornean green magpie
(Cissa jefferyi)
Short-tailed Green Magpie (13890572635).jpg Borneo


Boie, Friedrich (1826). "Generalübersicht der ornithologischen Ordnungen, Familien und Gattungen". Isis von Oken (in German). 19. Cols 969–981 [975 Fn. 2].
Mayr, Ernst; Greenway, James C. Jr, eds. (1962). Check-list of Birds of the World. Volume 15. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology. p. 242.
Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 109. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Crows, mudnesters, birds-of-paradise". World Bird List Version 9.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 25 August 2019.

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